Events

  1. Staff Day

    9 December

News

  • SMGS Parents and Friends Association – Annual General Meeting

    The SMSG Parents and Friends Association, Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday the 11th November 2019 at 6PM in the SMGS Library.
  • ROOARRR!!! Our Dino-Mite Book Fair is this Tuesday!

    Dear SMGS Parents and Families, Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading: • Set the example. Let children see you read. • Have a collection of books in […]
  • Term 4 canteen menu now available

    The new Canteen menu for Term 4 is now available. Check out the Canteen page for the new menu: 2019 Term 4 Canteen Information
  • Join us for our OPEN DAY!

    Snowy Mountains Grammar School warmly invites all prospective Kindergarten to year 12 Families to their Open Day on Friday November 1st. Tour the campus, meet with the principal, teaching staff and students. Come and get a glimpse of our award-winning education and innovative learning environment in action. ***As our Open Day occurs on the same […]

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Junior School Adventure Playground ready for Term 1 2020

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Classrooms today are rapidly changing to adapt to different styles of learning for a more personalised approach. At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we are progressively designing our learning spaces to be more considered for all [...]

SMGS Snowsports Athletes receive AMASDF Scholarships

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports|

The 2019 Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) Scholarship recipients were announced at a special ceremony to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the foundation. Cath and Sam McGuiness, along with Snow Australia President Dean [...]

SMGS Announced as Australian Snowsports School of the Year at the 2019 Community Sport Awards

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Canberra, ACT - (7 November 2019) – Snowy Mountains Grammar School was announced as the Australian Snowsports School of the Year at the 2019 inaugural Community Sport Awards at the QT Canberra. 2019 was a [...]